FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2020

Oklahoma City School Board Member and Northwest Classen Graduate Files for OKCPS District Board Chair seat

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City native and attorney, Charles Henry filed today to become the next Board Chair for the Oklahoma City Public School District. “I’m running to make the school board accountable to the people and to create a successful learning environment that will benefit all OKCPS students in reaching their full potential”. A great number of OKCPS children are not being provided the structure needed to be successful.

“I could not sit by and watch for another four years, children in our district fail to reach their full potential.” said Henry. “We must face the challenges in the OKCPS School District and the socio-economic declines in many OKC communities. Only then, can we make the tough choices to provide a quality education for all our children.” Safe schools build strong schools. Strong schools build strong neighborhoods.

“If elected, I will be a leader who will ensure the public’s voice is heard and make OKCPS a place where families want to send their children. We can’t do this work in just some schools, but we must work to accomplish it in every school.”

Mr. Henry has three (3) children and is a product of the Oklahoma City Public School District graduating from Northwest Classen High School in 1987. He also attended Webster Middle School, Creston Hills, and Monroe Elementary. Mr. Henry is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma earning a B.A. in Political Science and two minors in Communication and History. He also completed his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Texas Southern University.

His service to the community supporting education includes currently serving as the District 1 Representative on the OKC School Board and as a Board Member for the OU Black Alumni Society, OKC/Norman Chapter which provides scholarships to several students each year. Mr. Henry previously served as a Board Member of the KIPP REACH College Preparatory Middle School, as a Legal Counsel/Partner with the OKC Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, Special Judge for the OKC Municipal Court, and Program Chair for the 2016 OKC Arts Council Opening Night New Year’s Eve celebration. He also served on the selection committee for the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Tenth Circuit for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma.

Henry is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and is a former President of the OKC Association of Black Lawyers.

For more information, contact Charles Henry at henryokcpsboard@gmail.com